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Senator Lindsey Graham (SC-R)…….

Over the last few week’s the Dog has seen one name pop up in the most unlikely places….

Senator Lindsey Graham……

With Democratic Senator Schumer……With the Gitmo and Immigration stories…..

What gives?

“I’m in the center of a lot of important debates — I like that,” Mr. Graham, a South Carolina Republican who has carved out a role for himself as this city’s resident maverick, said in an interview on Monday. “I want to be a conservative who can put conservative principles in play on hard issues.”

So Mr. Graham, a cherubic-looking 54-year-old, has been busy this year, reaching out to Democrats in an effort to broker deals on hot-button issues like energy andimmigration and closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay. As the rare member of his party who is consistently willing to cross the aisle, he has filled a niche once occupied by his close friend and mentor, Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican.

Now, though, Mr. Graham’s position as the go-to Republican for the Obama White House is in doubt. Over the weekend, he abruptly reversed course, backing out of plans to unveil a long-awaited bipartisan energy bill — a high priority for President Obama. He has scheduled a news conference for Tuesday to urge the Senate Democratic leadership to put off debate on another of his priorities, an immigration overhaul.

Mr. Graham says he had received assurances from the Senate majority leader, Harry Reid, that energy would come first and accuses him of making a sudden push for immigration — an effort Mr. Graham says will only divide the country — to appease Hispanic voters in an election year.

“I was mad, because they brought immigration up in the 11th hour,” the senator said, adding, “If you’re going to do business with people, they’ve got to understand that you can push back.”

His reversal has thrown official Washington into a tizzy, raising questions about his motives. Some Democrats whisper that he must be trying to spare Mr. McCain, who is facing a tough primary challenge from the right, an uncomfortable vote on immigration. Others openly surmise that Mr. Graham must have caved in to his Republican critics.

“There has been enormous back pressure against the kind of bipartisan cooperation that Senator Graham has engaged in,”Lawrence H. Summers, Mr. Obama’s top economics adviser, said Sunday on “Face the Nation” on CBS. “And that perhaps has made this a more complex situation and more difficult for him than it would otherwise be.”


April 26, 2010 - Posted by | Blogs, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates |


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